Crissy Criss Breaks Down His “Conflict On Silence” Album Observe-By-Observe


Single after single, Crissy Criss has been guaranteeing that each followers and the broader realm of drum & bass acquired his debut LP in its remaining kind.

It’s his most necessary work so far and that is no small feat for an artist who made a reputation for himself a long time previous to his first album. Crissy Criss’ historical past stretches from his time on Radio 1 as their main drum & bass tastemaker, by to launching his very personal label earlier final yr. And as a style, drum & bass is one thing which Crissy Criss is nicely versed in, having stepped up behind the decks on the tender age of 5, mentored by the crucial DJ and producer Kenny Ken.

Following the discharge of his seminal ‘Conflict of Silence’ album, we caught up with Crissy Criss who talked us by how the tracklist of his LP got here to be.

WAR ON SILENCE ft. Teddy Killerz

I had been engaged on this monitor for some time, it was just about completed, but it surely was lacking one thing. I used to be speaking to Teddy Killerz on the time about a couple of tracks and ended up sending them over the stems. They added their contact and the remainder is just about historical past.

SPARK PLUG ft. Malux & Erb n Dub

This one was a bit of thought I began fairly a couple of years in the past, then while in a studio session with Malux and Erb N Dub we had been trying to begin the monitor two or three of the day, so I pulled out this little thought I had and we just about nailed the entire monitor in a couple of hours.

THE RIDE ft. Carasel

This was the final monitor to be added to the album, the album was lacking one factor and ‘I believed’ this was it. This took me a couple of day to make and I needed to get a bit of verse off my boy Carasel on this to compete it.


This monitor samples among the legendary MC’s of the D&B/Jungle scene resembling GQ, Fearless and Stevie Hyper D, introducing a hand stuffed with jungle heroes. I’ve an enormous pattern library of tape pack cuts I’ve been constructing for years so thought I’d put collectively one thing a bit of particular. There have been so many samples and names I might have talked about, it might have been about 20 minutes lengthy!


With this one, I wished to carry a couple of model influences collectively, considerably of a dance ground radio crossover with a twist. My favorite a part of this monitor is the epic guitar breakdown which I completely love!

LAUNCH ft. Inja

Me and Inja had been crossing paths for a fairly a couple of years now at our ‘Warning’ residency in Cambridge, I’ve been a fan of his music from his early hip hop EP days and we had been speaking about performing some music for some time and at last acquired spherical to it for the album with this sub low slammer.

RIGHT NOW ft. Orange Hill & Nature

I had simply completed a UK Storage bootleg of an outdated anthem ‘Bump & Grind’ by M Dubs for a little bit of enjoyable below an alias of mine so gave Ras Kwame (of Orange Hill) a shout who was initially part of ‘M Dubs’ to get the heads up on it Throughout that dialog he talked about he wished to do a jungle monitor with an artist referred to as ‘Nature’ from Jamaica who he’s been working with. So, I mentioned to ship me over a vocal demo, and I’ll see what I can do, a couple of days later ‘Proper Now’ was born! This was one other monitor I wished to let my jungle influences free on and there was nothing higher than to have a terrific reggae/dancehall vocalist to work with to complete the monitor off!


I & WiDEAWAKE had been planning one other collaboration collectively; we went by a couple of concepts backwards and forwards. One of many concepts had a vocal thought that basically labored on a monitor I already was engaged on so I despatched over the stems for it and got here up with an thought for them to make the primary drop of the monitor ‘entice’, then I’d use the D&B model with further manufacturing from the blokes because the second drop which actually labored nicely.

GLOBAL RIDDIM ft. Improve & $pyda

If you’re flying abroad to do gigs with different artists you get to spend a bit of time to catch up and, in some instances, attending to know these artists. I did a gig in Guernsey with Improve and managed to hang around and discover out that he’s a really gifted producer and a terrific man. I had a vocal from $pyda and a bit of thought I had on the time which I despatched over to Improve and we completed it over WhatsApp.

AIRLOCK ft. Malux & Erb n Dub

Sooner or later within the studio, myself, Malux and Erb N Dub made a folder and simply slammed an equal variety of samples in there and began to experiment. I suppose the affect behind this one was one thing alongside the traces of Sub Focus’ early anthems resembling ‘TimeWarp’ + ‘Let Story Start’ crossed with the trendy day Noisia methods.


It was a very long time coming really getting within the studio collectively for this one, myself and FuntCase have been doing dubs/VIP’s of one another’s tunes for fairly some years now however by no means had completed a monitor collectively, so I felt as this was my first solo album it might be a great time to lastly get this one ticked off the checklist. No surprises on influences for this, it clearly needed to be uncooked and stuffed with screwface expressions!

LOST ft. Karl Williams

One other monitor with zero inspiration however loads of experimenting and enjoyable. The entire thought of the monitor is within the title ‘Misplaced’ as a result of I used to be completely misplaced for inspiration and any course, which is why I’m completely happy it got here out the best way it did. There are many edits and sound designs in there!

RUMBLE ft. Heist

One other monitor I had began however wished to share the power with somebody who might actually add one thing distinctive to it. Enter my good buddy ‘Heist’, we’ve been making tunes collectively for a couple of years now however haven’t had something official launched so my album was the proper time and place to get one thing on the market.

CURSE ft. Erb n Dun

There have been no plans to launch this at first, it was a bit of dub that I and Erb N Dub put collectively on a late night time within the studio. I used to be enjoying this one out and folks had been loving it, so clearly it needed to be on the album.


One other monitor I wasn’t so certain on, however once I performed it out individuals had been going nuts. After fairly a couple of messages on social media asking for an ‘ID’, I made a decision so as to add it to the album.

LIVE & LEARN ft. Karl Williams

Karl Williams is a vocalist who I’ve been working with for some time now and this monitor is one thing I actually wished to make particular. I wished to carry two completely separate influences and smash them collectively and that’s just about what got here out. Many of the monitor is liquid/minimal however I actually wished to usher in some rawness of the rollers/bounce up sound into the drop to make a novel sounding liquid-vocal-nasty-roller hybrid.

BREATHE ft. Dan Moss

This one in all probability took the longest to complete, nothing was proper for the primary twenty odd variations. It modified majorly although its lifetime till sooner or later I stripped it proper again and was within the temper to make one thing actually soulful and uplifting and that is what lastly got here out with the vocal abilities of my former BBC radio present producer Dan Moss, making it that little bit extra particular.


This monitor got here collectively by an in depth long-time buddy who launched me to T aka 5572 who performed guitar and made songs as a interest. He performed me a bit of guitar riff and a vocal he did, and I immediately had an thought, that is for certain certainly one of my favorites of the album.

Which monitor from the album did you want probably the most? Don’t forget to tell us under!

Hannah Helbert

Hannah Helbert

Hannah has labored within the music business for over 5 years, spending her time primarily throughout dubstep and drum & bass. Nevertheless, she’s a fan of a wide range of sub-genres, which additionally embody bassline, storage, tech home and plenty of different sorts of digital music.

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